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Forum: Fly Reels 08-31-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,988
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Abel or Hatch

I have an Abel 5n super and a Hatch 4. I personally prefer the Hatch. I find the drag extremely smooth and the reel itself smooth. But I believe the finish on the Abel is better. Either way, no bad...
Forum: Other Gear 05-30-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,170
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Sunglasses

I also use the Maui Jim's. Using the bronze colored lens (glass) and they seem to me to work in most any outdoor conditions (except very early or dusk). Very happy with them.
Forum: Fly Rods 04-13-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 830
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Winston's relaxed action rods ?

I fish my Winston 8 ft. 2 piece (tmf) on the smaller streams and love it. I wish I would have gone with slower action rods from the start. More my speed.
Forum: Fly Lines 04-12-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,326
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Line suggestion for Sage Z Axis 590-4

I have sa gpx on my z axis 590-4. I like the way it casts and it seems to roll cast just fine also. If you cast by feel as opposed to looking I think you will like it.
Forum: Fly Lines 04-12-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,227
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Tippett rings

I agree with fly guy, Joni put them on my 4 and 5 wt leaders and they work great.
Forum: General Discussion 03-28-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 38,493
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Smith Optics vs Costa Del Mar

I use the Maui Jims copper glass. They are a little heavy, but easy to take care of. I found that I got use to the weight and tend to forget their on. I fish generally small trout streams with a fair...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,750
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Sage Fly Rod Cosmetics

I have a Winston gvx in 6wt and a TMF. They are beautiful rods no doubt. I also have a Sage z axis 5wt. I think that also is beautiful. I believe the more I use any specific rod I become more...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-25-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,490
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Rio Smallmouth vs Orvis Smallmouth line

I just bought the Rio sm in 6wt. Plan on trying it soon as it arrives. I'll let you know what I think. It's still to early in NJ for smallmouth, so I'll just mess around seeing how it cast's.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-07-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,814
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Best Trout Rods ?

For my small NJ streams - my Winston tmf - love it
Forum: Fly Reels 03-05-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,981
Posted By 45srbest
Re: 6wt Ross F1, Orvis Mirage, or Tibor Backcountry

I second the vote for the Abel 5n. I fish it on my winston 6wt gvx and have no complaints. It seems to meet your criteria of "drag performance, reliability, and durability".
Forum: Fly Rods 02-26-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 712
Posted By 45srbest
Re: 6wt Tibor Back country CL, Ross F1, or Orvis Mirage

No experiance with the Ross or Orvis. I had a Tibor Light years ago that was fine. I currently am using an Abel super 5n on my 6wt. and love it.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-25-2013, 08:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,172
Posted By 45srbest
Re: 9' 6wt ?

Not sure what your looking at price wise, there are a few places offering Winston 9' 6wt GVX rods at quite a discount.
Forum: Fly Reels 02-16-2013, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,452
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Abel Reels

I am currently using an Abel TR1 on my 8' 4wt winston tmf and it's working out great for me. I find the TR1 has enough adj. (although it is internal) for the trout I fish for in NJ. I currently am...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-07-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,050
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Abel Reels

I am an older guy with a son who is 26. He is currently not in the position to spend big bucks on top quality equipment. I have been fortunate enough to be able to splurge on items once in awhile. I...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-04-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,293
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Abel Creek 1 LA vs SA for my Sage LL 389?

I use an Abel TR1 on my Winston 8' 4wt and love it. Balance seems great for me. I think either the creek or tr would be great on your rod!
Forum: Fly Reels 02-04-2013, 07:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,903
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Abel or Hatch????

On a smaller scale, I use a Hatch 3 Finatic on my 5wt, but I just ordered an Able 5n for my 6wt. I will let you know what I think comparison wise when I receive and get a chance to use it. By the...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-29-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,536
Posted By 45srbest
Re: 6 wt for bass poppers?

Thanks for all the info. on this subject. I think I will end up trying #6 poppers with the SA bass line. I haven't fished this rod at all yet, I'm in NJ and it's not exactly bass time yet. I figured...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-28-2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,536
Posted By 45srbest
6 wt for bass poppers?

I have a 6 wt Winston GVX that I would like to use for smallmouth. Do you think that would be able to throw a #4 popper like a ez popper? Would you suggest a particular line? Thanks again folks!
Forum: Fly Reels 01-14-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 946
Posted By 45srbest
Tibor Tailwater good on a GVX 9' 6 wt.?

Have a new Winston and wondering if anyone with this reel thinks it would be a good match. Thanks in advance!
Forum: Other Gear 01-14-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,808
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Sun glasses, what's good?

I like my Maui Jim Stingrays with glass lenses, amber lens.
Forum: Fly Rods 01-14-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,447
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Is it better to have a 4wt and a 5wt, or a 4wt and a 6wt?

I think a 4 and 6 would cover everything. Of course what I think and what I do are two different things. I use my 4 wt TMF for tight areas I am fishing, my 5 wt for larger river areas I have access...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-12-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,199
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

I tend to agree with the statement above about weight. I don't see why there is an issue on reel weights (within reason). I don't understand how an oz. or 2 can throw a 5 or 6 wt. rod off balance...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-12-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,199
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

I am actually tossed up between a bauer rogue 2 or an Abel 5n.
Forum: Fly Reels 01-12-2013, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,199
Posted By 45srbest
Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

I have a Winston GVX rod that I need to get a reel for. My question is that one reel weighs 4.2 oz. and the other weighs 5.2 oz.. Does this really make a difference? It seems to me that once you have...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-11-2013, 03:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,025
Posted By 45srbest
Re: Best reel for Winston 8' 4wt tmf ?

I finally ended up with the Abel TR1 in black (with free backing and Abel nippers). I am putting Wulff TT 4 wt F line on it. Thanks again for all the ideas folks!
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